So, stick to just drink­ing al­co­hol

Modern Healthcare - - Outliers -

Re­gard­less of the size of your soles, soak­ing your feet in al­co­hol will not get you drunk, no mat­ter what a Dan­ish ur­ban myth says, new re­search sug­gests.

Three Dan­ish re­searchers in a study pub­lished by the Bri­tish Med­i­cal Jour­nal re­ported no de­tectible trace of al­co­hol in plasma sam­ples af­ter a three-hour vodka foot soak. The sci­en­tists also re­ported no sig­nif­i­cant change in other pos­si­ble signs of in­tox­i­ca­tion—self-con­fi­dence, an urge to speak and spon­ta­neous hugs. ( Out­liers must con­fess to be­ing cu­ri­ous about the ef­fects of an al­co­hol foot soak dur­ing a pedi­cure. More re­search is ob­vi­ously needed.)

“Our re­sults sug­gest that feet are im­pen­e­tra­ble to the al­co­hol com­po­nent of vodka,” the au­thors con­cluded. “We there­fore con­clude that the Dan­ish ur­ban myth of be­ing able to get drunk by sub­merg­ing feet in al­co­holic bev­er­ages is just that; a myth.”

Prepa­ra­tions for the study in­cluded a loofah foot rub the night prior to the ex­per­i­ment and no al­co­hol con­sump­tion 24 hours prior to the pick­ling, the study says. Per­haps in the spirit of the sea­son (and to in­di­cate the se­ri­ous­ness of the study), the re­searchers named their study the “Per­cu­ta­neous ethanol ab­sorp­tion could evoke on­go­ing na­tion­wide eu­pho­ria and ran­dom ten­der hugs,” or Peace on Earth.

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